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  •  "The Cost of a Healthy Meal" Research Update

    The Cost of a Healthy Meal research project, started in the summer of 2011, is finally complete.

    The study aims to understand the food purchasing behavior of low-income families. Specifically, the objectives are to: 

    1. Estimate the actual amount that low-income families spend on food and compare it to government budgets for food expenditures, such as the Thrifty Food Plan, or SNAP (Food stamp) allotments.
    2. Analyze the nutritional composition of food purchases of low-income families and compare it to nutritionally adequate dietary plans such as the Thrifty Food Plan.
    We are in the process of writing research articles, and will keep you posted when and where to see them when they publish!
  •  Drought Watch 2014: What's Happening and Why You Should Care

    May 28th, Locatelli Activity Center, 12:00 p.m. Lunch provided 
    In December 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown convened an inter-agency task force to assess, and seek solutions for, the California drought, and appointed Secretary Karen Ross, of the California Department of Agriculture to lead the task force. Secretary Ross will address the scale and scope of the drought, the estimated impact and solutions for our state. 


  •  Ecopia Farms: Growing More with Less

    April 29th, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126

    Ecopia Farms is a local farm researching ultra-low water use methods for agricultural production. The USDA reports that the average head of lettuce requires more than 75 gallons of water to reach harvest. Ecopia Farms uses less than 12 ounces of water per head. This reduces the use of precious water by over 97% compared to conventional farm practices. Dan Perez will discuss their research and explain how ultra-low water methods could be one of the answers to decreasing water usage in California and worldwide.

  •  Thirsty Earth: The Impact of the Drought on Farming

    April 3rd, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126


    Thirsty Earth will feature a small-scale farmer, Marsha Habib, owner of Oya Organics, and a large-scale farmer, Greg Pruett, CEO of Ingomar Packing Company, discussing the impact of the drought on their farms, potential options for accessing water in agricultural areas, and alternatives for their farms in the future.

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